Melina Juárez Pérez

she/they, Assistant Professor, At-Large Representative, UFWW

Current Courses

Fall 2022

  • PLSC 397N Decolonizing Political Scientists
  • WGSS 450 Immigrant Health

Winter 2023

  • PLSC 398 Immigration Politics
  • WGSS 350 Feminist & Queer Methodologies
  • WGSS 213 Intro to Queer and Sexuality Studies

Spring 2023

  • PLSC 347 Race, Politics and Public Policy
  • WGSS 213 Intro to Queer & Sexuality Studies


Melina Juárez Pérez earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of New Mexico in 2018. She joined Western Washington University in the fall of 2019 with a dual appointment in the Department of Political Science & Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. Her work focuses on the intersections of class, gender, race, & sexuality & their role in shaping the lived experiences, health, & happiness of Latinx & queer people of color. 

Her work has been published in journals such as the Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Policy Studies Journal, & Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law.

Research Interests

  • Immigration, Latinx Studies, Gender & Sexuality

Areas of Specialty

American Politics

Curriculum Vitae:

MDJuarez_CV 2022 Dec.pdf

Selected Publications

Treating immigrants like criminals has a long history in the US, The Monkey Cage, Washington Post

Surge in LGBTQ+ and Women of Color Candidates, Yet Obstacles Remain for LGBTQ+ Voters, The Forum, Urban Affairs Review

Juárez, Melina, Gomez-Aguiñaga, Bárbara, and Sonia Bettez. 2018. “20 Years After IIRIRA: The Effects of Immigrant Detention on Latinx Communities Across the Nation,” Journal on Migration and Human Security, 6(1): 74-96.

Vargas, Edward, Sanchez, Gabriel R., and Melina Juárez. 2017. "Fear by Association: Perceptions of Anti-Immigrant Policy and Health Outcomes." Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, 42(3).